Japanese FM resigns over donation row


TOKYO – Japan’s Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara announced his resignation on Sunday over donations received from a foreign resident in violation of the country’s laws. Maehara — who had been seen as a likely successor to embattled Prime Minister Naoto Kan — said he would step down after admitting he received several hundred dollars from a restaurant owner of Korean ethnicity.
“I apologise to the Japanese people for stepping down after only six months and provoking distrust over a problem with my political funding, although I have sought to pursue a clean style of politics,” said Maehara, 48.
Maehara had earlier met Kan and “announced his intention to resign from his post of foreign minister,” said the ministry’s assistant press secretary Takeshi Matsunaga in comments emailed to AFP. Quoting Maehara, the official said: “He stated that after careful consideration about his receipt of donations from a foreigner residing in Japan, he decided to leave his office.”


  1. It reminds us of a similar incident in 2006, when a South Korean Minister resigned due to a train accident.

    On the other hand, when the then Railway Minister in Pakistan was asked by the media to resign on moral grounds,his historic response was, "Why should I resign? Was I the driver of the train that met accident?".

    The joker was no other than Sheikh Rasheed who still lectures on morality appearing on different TV channels everyday!

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